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Opposition parties join tribal protests against police

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KOLKATA: Opposition parties staged demonstrations at different places in West Bengal on Monday protesting alleged police excesses on tribals in Paschim Medinipur district. Parts of the district have remained virtually cut off for more than a fortnight following an agitation by locals in Lalgarh, demanding action against police for highhandedness.

Fresh roadblocks were set up by protesters in the Jhargram sub-division of Paschim Medinipur district as well as in parts of adjoining Bankura district, according to reports reaching here.

Procession

A group of tribals led by Trinamool Congress leaders took out a procession at Asansol in Burdwan district in protest against the alleged police atrocities.

Those leading the agitation alleged that police excesses had been committed on Lalgarh villagers during police raids to track down those responsible for the IED blast that narrowly missed Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s convoy on November 2.

Supporters of the Congress and its youth wing staged demonstrations in the Jhargram subdivision against the ‘police excesses.’ They squatted for two hours on the highway that links Kolkata to Mumbai, causing severe traffic disruptions.

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